IBM and EMC square off on virtualization

Rival vendors EMC and IBM are trading barbs over the subject of storage virtualisation. The two firms exchanged comments on Monday after EMC unveiled its new storage virtualisation offering. The network-based Invista system is EMC's offering for storage-area network virtualisation. It allows administrators to split storage hardware into virtualised systems, rather than be constrained by the hardware limits for each physical unit.

The new version of Invista was touted by EMC as a key component for enterprises that need to manage quickly growing databases or large amounts of shifting data on a network. IBM, however, saw the news as further proof of what it says is an EMC lineup that is more hype than substance.

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